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The EXIT team has added the traditional No Sleep conference to the programme of the special spring edition of the No Sleep Festival, led by Nina Kraviz, Stephan Bodzin, Sébastien Léger, Agents Of Time, DJ Tennis, DVS1 and DJ Bone! The conference, which is part of the celebration of the festival’s Best New European Festival title, will take place on April 8th and 9th at the Marsh Open Space in Belgrade and cover the hottest topics related to the music industry right now, including NFTs, “cancel culture,” the mental health of young people, new tendencies in contemporary music, post-COVID experiences and expectations of the entire music industry in 2022, as well as specialised music workshops! Admission is free.

The founder and director of the EXIT festival Dušan Kovačević, Miki Elson from the London ArtSect Gallery, one of the founders of the SolSea platform and All Art project Jovan Tišma, and programme director of the TMRW conference Zoran Tadić will speak at the panel “EXIT the Metaverse,” which will discuss the merger of the Metaverse, NFTs, and creative industries, on Friday, April 8th.

Another panel will be dedicated to this hot topic on the same day. This one will have the goal of bringing the audience answers to the following questions: how to create your own NFT collection, the benefits of NFTs and how to use them, and how to apply copyright in this new, growing system. Pavle Pavičić from Sokoj, Miloš Bošnjak from the All Art project, Rastko Andrić from EXIT, and Maja Ćirić, curator and art critic, will speak at this workshop, suitable for musicians as well as designers and other artists.

A panel on lessons learned during the coronavirus pandemic and the future of the music and event industry will host a couple of the world’s most renowned DJs on Saturday, April 9th, including DJ Bone and Human Rias, while EXIT board member Sanjin Đukić and Communications Director of the Epizode Festival Gorana Romčević will also share their experiences.

Young people’s mental health is also one of the most critical topics of this year’s No Sleep conference. On Friday, April 8th, Kseniia Mikhailova from UNICEF, Sanja Đurović from the Heart Association, Andrea Mezei Rokvić from the Temenos Psychological Centre, and Jelena Jung, EXIT Festival’s mental-health specialist, will talk about the impact of the pandemic, social distancing and lack of interaction, as well as the importance of festivals in that context, while Miloš Martinov, also known as DJ Lag will share his experience from a performer’s point of view. 

On the same day, sociologist and professor at the University of Belgrade Dalibor Petrović, pop musician Bojana Vunturišević and Noizz editor Ana Lađarević will speak about another important topic — the phenomenon of “cancel culture.” 

Among other things, they will seek to answer whether this phenomenon is characterized by freedom of expression or censorship. Luka Jovanović Luxonee from the Bassivity Music label, IDJ Digital director Bojan Muslin and rapper Fox will talk about new trends in contemporary music.

As part of the music workshops that will take place on Saturday, April 9th, young artists will have the opportunity to learn the basics of DJing with the legend of Detroit techno DJ Bone, revealing tips and tricks that he has collected during his 30-year career. Fans of backing tracks and broken beats will be introduced to the basics of music production by beatmaker Luxonee from Bassivity Music.

The No Sleep conference will take place in the Marsh Open Space (Cetinjska 15) on Friday, April 8th, and on Saturday, April 9th, from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The complete program of the conference will be published on the festival website. 

Special Spring Edition with Nina Kraviz, Stephan Bodzin, Agents Of Time, DJ Bone, Sébastien Léger. The spring edition of the festival, produced by the EXIT team with the support of Guarana, finally brings the celebration of the prestigious title of Best New Festival at the 2020 European Festival Awards!

The celebratory programme at the Matrez hangar will feature electronic music legends such as Nina Kraviz, Stephan Bodzin, DVS1, DJ Bone, Agents Of Time, and DJ Tennis. This time around, the Drugstore Club will present the most diverse programme so far, including Sébastien Léger, Daniella Da Silva B2B SUMIA, but also a strong local hip-hop and trap line-up –  Crni Cerak, Spejs Noksi, Kene Beri and many others. You can check out the entire program on the festival website. 

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